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Rick Collignon to sign third book in New Mexican trilogy

Staff Report

Author Rick Collignon will sign his new book, “A Santo in the Image of Cristobal Garcia” (BlueHen Press, $24.95) from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Through the Looking Glass book store in Glenwood Springs.

Collignon’s style, that has been described as magical realism, is reminiscent of Rudolfo Anaya’s “Bless Me Ultima,” or John Nichols’ “The Milagro Bean Field War.”

An editorial review of the book on amazon.com describes it as fitting into the genre of magical realism, that “strives to create a world in which strong emotions are physically manifested, as though the line between the subjective self and the objective universe has been unaccountably blurred.”

“A Santo in the Image of Cristobal Garcia” is the final installment in his trilogy about a fictional New Mexican village called Guadalupe that is mysteriously destroyed by fire.

In the first book of the trilogy, “Journal of Antonio Montoya,” Flavio Montoya is accused of setting the fire. In the story, Montoya explores the memories of his deceased wife and sister. Ghosts appear, a friend stricken with a stroke suddenly speaks and a witch roams the outskirts of the village.

In the book, Flavio Montoya returns to the village of his birth. He tends his dead sister’s fields and wonders how all his family could have died before him.

Of the second novel in the trilogy, “Perdido,” the San Diego Union-Tribune said, “Intriguing . compelling . The novel succeeds admirably with its depiction of a peaceful way of life abruptly hurled into dangerous havoc by unwanted curiosity . Collignon’s male characters are masterfully drawn, as is his rendering of the stark New Mexico landscape, with it harsh unforgiving climate.”

All three books in the trilogy will be available for sale at Through the Looking Glass.

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